Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books in 2012

captainunderpantsHere’s a list of the most frequently challenged book for 2012 as complied by ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. It’s not the first time that Dav’ Pilkey’s Captain Underpants (series) has hit the top 10 most frequently challenged books for a year. It was also on the lists in 2002, 2004, and 2005.

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Why?: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Why?: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Why?: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Why?: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Why?: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Why?: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Why?: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz. Why?: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls. Why?: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison. Why?: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
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